The metadata below describe the original scanning. Follow the "All Files: HTTP" link in the "View the book" box to the left to find XML files that contain more metadata about the original images and the derived formats (OCR results, PDF etc.). See also the What is the directory structure for the texts? FAQ for information about file content and naming conventions.
Two additional volumes, under the title "Social hours with celebrities, being the third and fourth volumes of 'Gossip of the century'," were published in 1898, edited by Rachel Harriette Busk